Prince Edward Theatre
30 Old Compton Street,
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Opened on April 3, 1930 as the Prince Edward Theatre and designed by Edward A. Stone with the interior decorations by Marc-Henri Levy and Gaston Laverdet.
It was equipped for film presentations from the start and was often used during the day for trade shows.
In 1954, it was altered by Frank Baessler and TPH & E Braddock to house London’s first Cinerama cinema with a massive 64-foot-wide curved screen. This was eventually removed in 1974, with a more conventional screen replacing it until 1978 when the building reverted to live shows.
During this time it was known as the Casino Cinerama Theatre and later the Casino Cinema, which showed its last fims “Mahogany” & “Lady Sings the Blues” on 8th April 1978.
On return to live shows in June 1978 (“Evita”) it reverted to its original name;Prince Edward Theatre.
A further major alteration by the architectural firm RHWL in 1993, has modernized the auditorium and made it more attractive than at any time in its history.
It is now a major theatre in London’s West End and has played long runs of “Chess”, Anything Goes", “Mama Mia” and “Mary Poppins” and “Jersey Boys.
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